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Ultimate Adventure

Chick CoreaAudio CD
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Born Armando Anthony Corea in Chelsea, Massachusetts on June 12, 1941, he began studying piano at age four. Early on in his development, Horace Silver and Bud Powell were important influences while the music of Beethoven and Mozart inspired his compositional instincts. Chick’s first major professional gig was with Cab Calloway, which came before early stints in Latin bands led by Mongo ... Read more in Amazon's Chick Corea Store

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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stretch Records
  • ASIN: B000CQQHH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Reunited with master-musicians who helped create many of his classic albums such a Return To Forever, Chick Corea continues to explore new musical realms with a cross-genre mix ofexotic ethnic rhythms, passionate Spanish-Flamenco inspired melodies, and African and Middle Eastern grooves, resulting in a totally unique blend of world-jazz. The music provides a sonic landscape from the compelling sci-fi novel, The Ultimate Adventure; a long-time favorite of Corea's. Concord. 2006.

Just as some books need to be edited for length, so do some albums inspired by works of literature. At least that's the case with The Ultimate Adventure, Chick Corea's second straight album project derived from a novel by his late Scientology mentor L. Ron Hubbard. Dubbed a tone poem by Corea, the nearly 75-minute work has some of his airiest, most cooly fluent music in some time. With its distinctive electric piano punctuation and contributions by flutist Hubert Laws and RTF percussionist Airto Moreira, the lyrical passages have echoes of his much-loved band of the seventies, Return to Forever. And the Spanish tinge for which he is known gravitates winningly south to Arabic North Africa. Ultimately, though, not all of the album's chapters are equally lively: the "Adventure" goes on a bit much for those who aren't using it as a soundtrack to the plot about a boy on a self-actualization quest, and even for some who are. But Corea has never negotiated the acoustic-electric (or, in his parlance, akoustic/elektric) divide as well as he does here and his ability to command a large cast including saxophonist Tim Garland and guitarist Frank Gambale is impressive. --Lloyd Sachs

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful flamenco-tinged suite February 21, 2006
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This beautiful, Spanish-tinged work by Chick Corea seems a throwback to the recordings the venerable jazz pianist/composer made in the 1970's. Given the overt influence of flamenco (several of the musicians are veterans of Paco de Lucia's group), one thinks immediately of "My Spanish Heart" (1976). But, with the modal vamps, odd time signatures and (tasteful) deployment of the Fender Rhodes and synthesizers, one can also discern links to similar "tone poems" (as Corea refers to them) such as "The Leprechaun" and "The Mad Hatter". The individual tunes may not have the immediate, infectious appeal of those on "My Spanish Heart" (a veritable classic), but the variety of expressive moods, richness of harmony (strains of Debussy and Berg), flowing improvisations and pulsating rhythmic grooves found in the passages of "The Ultimate Adventure" constitute a real listening pleasure. Audiophiles will be especially pleased with the immaculate production. A minor caveat: Frank Gambale's acoustic guitar playing (some of the last tracks) while competent enough, was somewhat lackluster. Too bad one of Chick's other guitar-playing friends (Al Di Meola or John McLaughlin) couldn't have taken a stab at the changes.

To this reviewer, it is of no aesthetic consequence that the material on "The Ultimate Adventure" was inspired by a story attributed to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. At the Berkeley stop of his current tour, Corea (long-time member of that organization) was laughed at and mocked by some cretinous audience members for merely mentioning the origins of his composition; is not a modicum of civilized tolerance due an artist with 40 years of creative endeavors under his belt?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an older corea fan; like this cd July 25, 2006
By jjb
Format:Audio CD
i'm an old corea fan from way back, very much into his return to forever days...later stuff i couldn't really get into. took a chance on this cd and was pleasantly surprised; i think if any of his fans liked his earlier material you won't be disappointed; i really enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL February 3, 2007
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This is the Chick Corea we long-time fans know and love. But this time it's more about his brilliant compositions and expert performance with a great group than the freewheeling improv we have heard at times. It is richly textured jazz with liberal sprinklings of world music and some classical influences. I'm not familiar with the story this music is based on, but listening to it is an adventure I'm happy to experience in my own imagination.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute stunner! June 7, 2006
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There are few artists who are as uncompromizing as Chick Corea - how sad that other aging artists cannot follow his brilliant example. Chick Corea is like good wine - he gets better with age. He is bent on pursuing his unique musical vision, no matter what direction the rest of the music scene is heading into (decay probably) - this is clearly manifested on this latest offering from Chick. It is a thoroughly enjoyable album, probably his best work in years, and if you are a Return To Forever fan, you might say, his best since their disintegration.

This is essentially a Latin-tinged fusion album, which is what Chick is all about, really. There is a relaxed swing feel throughout, often leading into a frantically paced fusion passages reminiscent of progressive rock, some fiery middle eastern jams, sambas, bossas, flamenco, post-bop, and plenty of classical influences, apparent in the compositional structure and style. The arrangements are very lush with flute and piano dominating. Despite the overall evenness, there are several tracks that stand out from the others. The fairy-tale atmosphere created by flute/piano permeates the entire album. Drumming is superlative, especially in the more frenetic and intricate passages, where the drums and keyboard/flute are fused into a singe tight unit. On some tracks the latin percussion is hotter than Santana's in his prime.

Now, some people have a problem with Chick selling Scientology. Personally, I don't give a toss about Scientology or any other "ology" or "ism" for that matter, but this does not bother me - if it makes Chick a happier person, then let him be. It certainly does not appear to hurt his music in any way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh May 18, 2006
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A very beautifully orchestrated record. I feel that chick correa really nailed the ideas that he was trying to get across. there are many , many moments of complete clear , crisp and very refreshing conversation in every piece. i really enjoyed the amount of space in his music also, a very playful and enjoyable album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chick just keeps getting better February 7, 2006
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This CD, the follow-up to "To the Stars" (another L. Ron Hubbard book Chick has arranged musically) is just nothing short of incredible. Chick calls this a Tone Poem which of course is the label given to Richard Strauss' pieces like Thus Sprac Zarathustra, and Ein Heldenlaben. This is an appropriate label since this is the telling a a story.

The music presented here jams right along. Musical styles ranging from Spanish and African and Middle Eastern traditions. Some great solos by all the performers. Chick decided to have all of these performers play certain pieces on the CD so not everyone is on every cut. He pulled together some of the best musicians in the business. Many from Paco de Lucia's band Touchstone (check out the new CD by Chick with Touchstone called Rhumba Flamenco available only on [...]) as well as Hubert Laws, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Airto Moreira, and Hassam Ramzy.

Keep up the great work Chick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Listener
Great album. I've loved his music for years.
Published 1 month ago by karen1145
3.0 out of 5 stars Some how it's not the same without Stanley
Some how it's not the same without Stanley or John on bass . Could have been a little wider palette of instrumentation and feels
Published 2 months ago by jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired piece of music
I'm a huge fan of Chick Corea. The previous album "To the stars" was not as great as this (although I watched the Electric band perform those songs in Toronto and was amazed by the... Read more
Published on September 1, 2008 by Johan Lans
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey Continues
Chick Corea's body of work is incredible. This IS Chick Corea. If you like Chick, buy this recording. If you don't like him, don't buy it. It REALLY IS that simple. Read more
Published on July 20, 2008 by Andrew J. Weis
3.0 out of 5 stars Chick still won't come in from the cold
Chick Corea is one of those musicians who is constantly trying to reinvent himself or, at least, reinvent his music. Sometimes, he forgets to make music. Read more
Published on May 4, 2008 by Eric C. Sedensky
5.0 out of 5 stars The RTF Chick Corea
This one reminds me of "Musicmagic" or "The Mad hatter." It is a magnificent musical adventure!
Published on August 23, 2007 by Bradford K. Talamon
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Adventure
I guess you either love or hate this recording. I've been listening to lot's of "fusion" since I was about 20. Read more
Published on March 14, 2007 by C. Knight
2.0 out of 5 stars Lame . . . what you wouldn't expect from Mr. Corea
My sympathies to Chick and his family. Evidently Chick was involved in some sort of accident that left him musically incapacitated. Read more
Published on December 16, 2006 by JNC
2.0 out of 5 stars Like a beautiful cake that has no flavor---one taste is enough
I like my music with more substance than detail. On "The Ultimate Adventure," Mr. Corea lavishes the music with layers of detail delivered by a galaxy of talented musicians. Read more
Published on December 6, 2006 by loce_the_wizard
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent . . . what you expect from Mr. Corea
If your reading this it's a must buy.... only interested in fusion avant jazz (hardly any radio play . . lol . . Read more
Published on August 31, 2006 by J. Hort
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